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Rose Tyler Happy New Year

Posted by Sage

Your favorite OTP playlist took a break over the holiday season, but we’re back! Yes, it’s 2013 and we are still writing about these idiots and their stupidly gorgeous faces.

This week’s playlist post is all about time, that heartless bitch. You might think life with a TARDIS would make time inconsequential, but nope. Nope, nope, nope. As hard as he tries to outrun it or stretch it out, the Doctor’s time with his companions always ends. These five songs are all about the the role that time plays in the relationship between the Doctor and Rose Tyler.

*Disclaimer: When I told Kim which songs I picked for this week, she replied, “KILL ME.” So, you know. Fair warning.

“Time” – Chantal Kreviazuk

Time, where did you go?
Why did you leave me here alone?
Wait, don’t go so fast
I’m missing the moments as they pass

I rewatched the “End of Time” two-parter right before Christmas and was just flattened by a few things I hadn’t noticed about this heartbreaking scene.  The Doctor knows that he’s dying, and he’s on a farewell tour to all of his companions. He visits everyone in the “present” of their timelines (Martha and Mickey are engaged, Donna’s getting married), but, of course, he doesn’t have that option with Rose. He can’t go back in his own timeline and see the two of them together, so he looks in on a Rose that doesn’t know him yet.

And when a complete (albeit totally beautiful) stranger steps out of the shadows to ask a teen girl what day it is, Rose Tyler acts like she’s just met her best friend. The Doctor’s face is PAINED as he talks to her, especially when she tells him it’s 2005. He knows that she has all of their adventures ahead of her, while he’s already left them behind. And then, (this is what shattered me this time), the camera follows Rose into her building and up the stairs through the window, until she’s completely out of sight. BECAUSE HE DID TOO. CAN YOU STAND IT?

Ten End of Time breath

Rose Tyler running up stairs

The first and last face this face saw.

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Grace Adler loves TV
Posted by Sage

You didn’t think we could stop at 12, did you?

After Kim’s top TV moments post, a few of you were kind enough to ask about my list. My babies, you flatter me. It didn’t take long to come up with 12 (and a half) more memorable pieces of television that aired this year. This list is highly subjective and not at all complete – I’m a season behind on Louie, and I haven’t even started Homeland or The Walking Dead. But that’s enough with the excuses. On with the list!

1) The Gabby Giffords “Fix You” Montage – The Newsroom

It’s not that I DON’T realize that Aaron Sorkin is manipulating my emotions, it’s that he’s so good at it that I don’t care. The Newsroom had its moments this year, and the best were usually when the news team kicked into action. This montage also includes some of the best dialogue in the first season of the series: “It’s a person. A doctor pronounces her dead, not the news.” and “You’re a fucking newsman, Don, I ever tell you otherwise, you PUNCH ME IN THE FACE!”

2) Amy Poehler and Julia Louis Dreyfus switch Emmy acceptance speeches.

As much as I worship at the altar of Amy, I’ve got nothing but love for Julia Louis Dreyfus. And apparently, Amy does too. Their bit was cute and clever, and acknowledged that Julia realized (though she’s brilliant) that she was taking home an award for one season of work vs. Amy’s five. The TV funny lady crew has always seemed chummy instead of catty, and you can’t help but cheer on this kind of friendship and support. Love.

2.5) Leslie Knope votes for herself – Parks and Recreation

Leslie Knope votes for herself

But seriously, Amy should have won that Emmy.

3) The Battle of Blackwater – Game of Thrones

It seemed like all of the action in the talky second season of GoT was crammed into this episode. Explosions! Fire! Heads chopped off! And meanwhile, Cersei Lannister getting gloriously hammered and bitchy.

Cersei Lannister asks for more wine

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Posted by Kim

Happy New Year’s Eve, dear readers!!  As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to look back and reflect on the year that was.  Television in 2012 was chock full of feels…angry ones, hilarious ones, swoon worthy ones, triumphant ones and (sometimes literally if you are part of a show produced by Steven Moffat) jump off the roof of a building ones.  I’ve picked out my top 12 TV moments of 2012 because I refuse to be limited to only ten.  I refuse to rank them though.  That’s like ranking my friends.  And I don’t do that. 😉

1) Kristen Wiig says goodbye – Saturday Night Live

We all knew it was coming after Bridesmaids was a massive hit that resulted in an Original Screenplay Oscar Nomination for Kristin Wiig.  We knew all season that this would be her last on SNL, even if she never came out and said it explicitly.  Kristen left an indelible mark on SNL and this was a lovely and touching send-off for her.

2) McKayla Maroney’s Near Perfect Vault – Summer Olympics

I still don’t see how this didn’t get a perfect score

3) Kristin Bell Loves Sloths – The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Proving that celebrities can have fangirl meltdowns too…

This may or may not have been how I reacted (internally, obviously) the first time I met Joel McHale this year.

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Posted by Sage

Listen: The holidays are awesome. All the best movies of the year come out within the same two-week span; you can start drinking at pretty much any time of the day that you feel like it; and people you like GIVE you stuff. They just give it to you!

For those of us who wear our hearts and feels on our sleeves, we can assume that at least some of that stuff will be fandom-related. And fandom presents are the BEST presents. How could socks and underwear possibly compare to the ThinkGeek catalog or the creme de la Redbubble?

We put out the call to our Twitter followers and, as always, they came through like gangbusters. Check out the plethora of geek gifts the Head Over Feels family got this year!

Cat Grabby Hands

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Season 7, Christmas Special: The Snowmen
Posted by Sage

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate, and happy Who-mas to all of us!

BBCAmerica treated us to a Doctor Who marathon yesterday, airing most of the Christmas specials from the modern era. They didn’t include “The End of Time,” though. Maybe it’s too depressing or something.

While these event episodes aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be (“The Next Doctor”, anyone?), last night’s new installment was THE. BOMB. My emotions are too sophisticated to be put into words, so this recap will be entirely in gifs.

Spoilers ahoy.

Game of Thrones spoilers

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Posted by Kim

It’s no secret that Sage and I are big music fans….the fact that this playlist is 535 songs (and counting) should make that fact abundantly clear.  The wonderful thing about music is that you can hear a song and you can instantly be transported to the movie or TV scene it played in or the moment you heard the song for the first time.  We’ve got some songs on the playlist that will forever be associated with something else.  But that doesn’t mean they can’t apply to Rose and Ten or Doctor Who in general.  Let’s take a look at a few, shall we?

Rose and Ten New Earth

“Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”

“Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol

“I don’t quite know
How to say how I feel.

Those three words
Are said too much
They’re not enough.

If I lay here,
If I just lay here,
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”

“Chasing Cars” is FOREVER linked with the Season Two finale of Grey’s Anatomy (“I thought I was a surgeon, but I’m NOT.  So I quit.”) but very much applies to Rose and Ten as well.  Look at that gif.  In my head canon, Rose and Ten had many days like that…peaceful days where no trouble found them.  No monsters.  No threats of imminent destruction.  No need to save the universe.  Just days where they were together laying on the ground with his overcoat spread out beneath them while they talked and snuggled and watched the world go by.  Yep.  It happened all the time.

And “I don’t quite know how to say how I feel.  Those three words, they’re said too much”?  Nope.  Not at all relevant to their relationship.

OH WAIT EXCEPT IT TOTALLY IS RELEVANT.

#nevergonnagetoverit

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Posted by Kim and Sage

It is one of our personal goals to turn all of our friends into Whovians.   We just want everyone to understand WHY we are so overwhelmed with feelings all the time.  We have a couple of friends on the VERGE of dipping their toes into Doctor Who Universe.  Our friend Samantha already KNOWS that the Ultimate OTP of the show (despite our undying devotion to Rose x Ten) is actually The Doctor and the TARDIS.  She got there on her OWN, you guys!  We were so proud!  Recently our friend Anna asked us what episodes we would recommend for someone considering jumping into the lifetime commitment of being a Doctor Who Fan.

She also said she was asking “for a friend”.

A likely story.  We know you are on the verge, Anna.  Don’t deny it.

That got us thinking…where WOULD we start?  Personally, when I (Kim) started Doctor Who around this time last year, I started with the first episode of Series One,  “Rose”.  Then again, I HAVE been accused of being a “Completist” on a well-known pop culture website.  I don’t deny it.  WHY WOULD YOU START ANYWHERE BUT THE BEGINNING?!

We put a call out to our Twitter followers and Facebook fans (PS: are YOU following us yet?) about which episodes they would suggest to newbies, which spurred a great debate.  Eventually 6 episodes (well, technically 8, as there are two Two Parters on this list) rose to the top of the heap.  Let’s take a look at them, shall we?

Also to Anna and Sam: You WILL become Whovians in 2013.  You should accept your fate now.

Tenth Doctor Soon

“Rose” (Series One, Episode One) – Sage

@ottofernandez: “My first episode was “Rose.” I don’t think it best represents the series, but why not start at the beginning?”

As a famous singing nun once said, the beginning is, in fact, “a very good place to start.” For your completist friends who refuse to watch anything out of order, you have no choice but to begin here. My own first experience with the Doctor was in this pilot episode of the modern series. “Rose” introduces us to Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor, his new companion Rose Tyler (my future wife Billie Piper), Rose’s mum Jackie Tyler and boyfriend Mickey Smith, and the TARDIS, the Doctor’s transport across galaxies. Did I mention it also travels in time?

This episode is a romp. “Rose” only hints at the emotional depth of the series with the “turn of the earth” monologue and Eccleston’s portrayal of Nine’s worldweariness. The effects are charmingly low-budget and silly. But it also brings us up to speed on 40-some years of history in about 45 minutes and establishes a crackling chemistry with the Doctor and Rose. Showrunner Russell T. Davies wrote this one and cleverly peppers in snappy dialogue that also lets us know what to expect in the world of this show. This exchange is one of my favorites.

Rose: “If you’re an alien, how come you sound like you’re from the north?”
Doctor: “Lots of planets have a north!”

In six words, Davies establishes that, despite being able to access any point in space and time, the Doctor will spend a lot of time kicking it in present-day London. And despite knowing every single language there has been or will be, his default is modern English with a Brit accent. If you need a better explanation than that, then this isn’t the show for you. Move along.

“Rose” packs a bigger wallop on rewatch. When I first returned to it after catching up to series 7, it meant so much more to me to see the meeting of two of my all-time favorite characters and the inside of the TARDIS for the first time. Any Whovian who doesn’t get chills when Nine grabs Rose’s hand in that dark basement and whispers, “run,” isn’t a Whovian at all and is probably dead inside.

Doctor Who Rose Run

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